Melbourne Estate Planning Lawyer
Ms. Anderson received her undergraduate degree in Economics from Florida State University, then went on to earn her J.D. from the University of Alabama, and has an advanced degree, Masters of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from the University of Florida. She began the practice of law as staff attorney for Alabama Supreme Court Justice Janie L. Shores, then moved to private practice in Atlanta and ultimately to Melbourne. Her practice includes representing clients in estate planning, incapacity and long term care planning matters, Medicaid planning and application submission, probate administration, trust administration, estate and gift tax planning, special needs trusts and guardianships for incapacitated adults.
Ms. Anderson has served her community and the legal profession in a number of capacities. She is a former vice chair and current appointed member of the Brevard County Commission on Aging. She served for eight years as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Central Florida Area Agency on Aging - The Senior Resource Alliance, and is a past president and member of the Board of Directors of the Brevard County Estate Planning Council. She has served as vice president and member of the Board of Directors of The Space Coast Chapter of the Florida State Guardianship Association, and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Serene Harbor, Domestic Violence Shelter. She is former member of the 18th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee of The Florida Bar. She is a long time member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Elder Law and Real Property and Probate Law Sections of The Florida Bar. Ms. Anderson is admitted to practice law in the states of Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
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